Mercy Symonds ♀

Life

Born 1845, Tarring Neville, Sussex

Christened 04/05/1845 St Mary's, Tarring Neville, Sussex

Died 1926, East Grinstead, Sussex

Possible aliases/distractors

Martha Brunton b. 1846, (Regent Hill, Brighton, Sussex)  // different people

Summary

Mercy was married three times. She had 3 children with her first husband William, who died suddenly, leaving her penniless. She had to go back into service (she had been in service before she was married), leaving her three young children with her sister in Brighton (though her youngest at least later spent some time with her). Her two later marriages were to men she had been a housekeeper for; neither marriage lasted long. Her second husband died soon after the marriage, and she formally separated from her third husband only a year after they married.

Notes

Mercy kept the name of her third husband (Langridge) after they were separated. Her whereabouts in 1891 and 1911 are unknown at present.

Possible parents

   Mary Parker (1817)

   James Simmons (1817)

Possible partners

  William Woolven (1857–1890)
      m. 24/01/1880 (St Michael's, Brighton, Sussex)
  William Challen (c1843–1899)
      m. 02/07/1898 (Godstone, East Grinstead, Sussex)
  Henry Langridge (c1831–)
      m. 09/08/1904 (Register Office, Brighton, Sussex)

Possible children

Florence Annie Woolven (1884–1964)
Ida May Woolven (1887–1977)
William James Woolven (1888– )

Possible maternal siblings

Hannah Symonds (1843–1914)
Ruth Simmonds (1848–1934)
Ann Simmonds (1850–????)

 

Mercy Symonds 'Life track'

pdateagedob rangeAddressoccupation
30/03/1851531/03/1845 to 30/03/1846Railway Cottages, Newhaven, Sussex Scholar
07/04/18611408/04/1846 to 07/04/184723 Tower St, Eastbourne, Sussex  
02/04/18712403/04/1846 to 02/04/1847Russell Crescent, Brighton, Sussex Cook? (not very clear)
03/04/18813004/04/1850 to 03/04/185172 Hanover Terrace, Brighton, Sussex  
31/03/19015301/04/1847 to 31/03/1848Brookhouse, Worth, Sussex Housekeeper

 

Date: 30/03/1851   Sheet: HO107/1643/754
Address: Railway Cottages, Newhaven, Sussex
Note(s): Several dwellings at this address., close to the London and Paris Hotel.
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OccupationBirthplaceEditor's notes
918452James SimmonsHead33    Ag LabrTarring Nevil, Sussex 
919451Mary SimmonsWife   33 Agr Labr WifePiddinghoe, Sussex 
920454Hannah SimmonsDaur   7 ScholarTarring Nevil, Sussex 
921159Mercy SimmonsDaur   5 ScholarTarring Nevil, Sussex 
922462Ruth SimmonsDaur   2 HomeTarring Nevil, Sussex 
923493Ann SimmonsDaur   1 HomeTarring Nevil, Sussex 

 

Date: 07/04/1861   Sheet: RG9/567/28
Address: 23 Tower St, Eastbourne, Sussex
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NameRoleAge
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912452James SimmondsHead43    MarrLabr. Bricklayer'sTarring, Sussex 
913451Mary SimmondsWife   43 Marr Rodmill, SussexShould be Rodmell (not Rodmill, which is in Eastbourne)
914454Hannah SimmondsDaur   17 Un Tarring, Sussex 
915159Mercy SimmondsDaur   14  Tarring, Sussex 
916462Ruth SimmondsDaur   12 ScholarTarring, Sussex 
917493Ann SimmondsDaur   10 ScholarTarring, Sussex 

 

Date: 02/04/1871   Sheet: RG10/1082/38
Address: Russell Crescent, Brighton, Sussex
Note(s): The dwellings on this road were named, but this dwelling's name is not shown on the return
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924   Charlotte Letitia ReynoldsHead   41 UOfficers WidowBengal (indistinct) 
925   Edith Constanceyann ReynoldsDaur   17 Unm Bengal (indistinct) 
926   Caroline Maryann ReynoldsDaur   15 UnmScholarAt Sea 
927   Elizabeth FosterServ   22 UnmHousemaidLeicestershire 
928159Mercy SimmondsServ   24 UnmCook? (not very clear)Newhaven, Sussex 

 

Date: 03/04/1881   Sheet: RG11/1083/62
Address: 72 Hanover Terrace, Brighton, Sussex
Note(s): This building still exists. In 1881, it held two households
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OccupationBirthplaceEditor's notes
896428William H WoolvenHead24    Printers compositorLewes. Sussex 
897159Mercy WoolvenWife   30  Tarring, Sussex 
898   Harry M WaresBoarder23    Printers compositorLewes, Sussex 

 

Date: 31/03/1901   Sheet: RG13/906/44
Address: Brookhouse, Worth, Sussex
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899165Henry LangridgeHead70    WidrBootsmakerWorth, Sussex 
900159Mercy WoolvenServ   53 WidHousekeeperNewhaven, Sussex 
901427William J Woolven(not recorded)12    SAttending SchoolLewes, SussexWilliam is Mercy's son

 

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